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Shivpal Yadav launches new party

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Lucknow, Oct 23 : The rebel Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and estranged uncle of former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has floated a new political outfit  known as ‘Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia’.

 Shivpal Yadav, the younger brother of SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was also the number two in the party has announced that the Election Commission had granted his party the new name and added that he will ensure that every marginalized person in the political and social system found a voice in his party.

Yadav said that time had come to take the socialist movement forward in the form of the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party- Lohia (PSP-L).

He cautioned party workers to keep away from people who flatter and sugar-coat their words. This, he said, had led to the downfall of the SP and should be taken as a serious lesson.

He also informed that 40 small and regional parties had so far come under the umbrella of his party. Completely marginalized in the SP, a party he founded with Mulayam Singh Yadav, Azam Khan and Beni Prasad Verma some 25 years back, Shivpal has also announced his intention to field 80 candidates in the 2019 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Yadav, who was formerly irrigation and PWD minister in successive SP government, has broken ranks with the SP after Akhilesh Yadav saw him out as the state SP chief in January 2017 and completely banished him from the party.

Shivpal waited for more than a year before he decided to carve out his own outfit, initially named as Samajwadi Secular Front.

Mulayam Singh Yadav who initially threw his weight behind Shivpal has since distanced himself from his younger brother and is inching closer to his son.

SP leaders allege that Shivpal is being propped up by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party to dent the prospects of the SP, especially in Yadav-dominated belts.

The recent allotment of a sprawling bungalow vacated by Mayawati to Shivpal is also being cited as a proof of the growing proximity between the Yadav chieftain and the saffron camp. Shivpal, however, has trashed such charges.

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Avalanche hits Jawahar tunnel, Jammu-Srinagar highway closed

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JAMMU KASHMIR SNOWFALL Avalanche

Jammu, Jan 22: The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed on Tuesday following landslides and snowfall and reports of an avalanche hitting the highway in the Jawahar Tunnel area. A team has been rushed to take stock.

Traffic department officials said landslides have hit the strategic highway at some places in the Ramban district, including Digdol, Panthal, Magarkote and Khoni Nallah.

“There has been fresh snowfall in Bannihal sector. Incessant rains are continuing in other parts of the highway. This is the second consecutive day of the highway remaining closed.

“No vehicular movement will be allowed on the highway today. Landslide clearance will be started only after the weather improves,” a traffic official said.

The highway is the lifeline of landlocked Kashmir Valley as all essential supplies are routed into the valley through this road.

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J&K: Encounter breaks out between security forces, terrorists in Shopian

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Srinagar, Jan 22: An encounter breaks out between terrorists and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday. This is the second encounter is the last 24 hours in the valley.

According to sources, around 4-6 terrorists are believed to be holed up in Shopian’s Zainapora area and forces are engaging them in a fierce gunbattle.

Firing exchanges were underway in the orchards of Heff Shermal village.

“The area has been sealed off to prevent the militants from escaping,” news agency IANS quoted the informed sources as saying.

Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operations Group (SOG) of state police were involved in the counter insurgency operation.

On Monday, three militants were killed in an encounter that broke out between militants and security forces in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

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Heavy rains lash Delhi-NCR, traffic affected

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New Delhi, Jan 22: Heavy rains and hailstorms lashed Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Tuesday, causing water-logging and traffic snarls at several areas.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Rain/Thundershowers with gusty winds very likely to occur today in next 3 hrs(valid up to 12:15 hrs IST)at some places over Hardoi, Bahraich, Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur, Meerut, Hapur, Shamli,Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad and adjoining areas.

As per the weather forecast, the city will continue to witness light rain for the upcoming three-four days.

Due to foggy weather conditions/low visibility, around15 trains are running late.

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Streets waterlogged in parts of the national capital

Visuals of traffic congestion from IP Estate

Rainfall and hailstorm lashes Gurugram

Visuals from Dhaula Kuan and Akbar Road

Delhi’s Subash Nagar

Visuals from Prahladpur area

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